10 Facts About Holiday Corporation


In 1953, three more Holiday Inns were built on U S 51 South, Highway 51 North, and U S 61.

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In 1963, Holiday Inn signed a long-term deal with Gulf Oil Corporation where it agreed to accept Gulf credit cards to charge food and lodging at all of its American and Canadian hotels, in return for Gulf building service stations on many Holiday Inn properties, particularly near major U S and Interstate highways.

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Holiday Corporation wanted a changeable marquee to welcome different groups.

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Holiday Corporation loved the "Great Sign" so much that it was engraved on his tombstone, with the marquee reading "FOUNDER" and the arrow aimed at his name.

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In 1988, Holiday Corporation was purchased by UK-based Bass PLC, followed by the remaining domestic Holiday Inn hotels in 1990, when founder Wilson sold his interest, after which the hotel group was known as Holiday Inn Worldwide.

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The remainder of Holiday Corporation was spun off to shareholders as Promus Companies Incorporated.

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In 1990, Bass launched Holiday Corporation Inn Express, a complementary brand in the limited service segment.

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In 1997, Bass created and launched a new hotel brand, Staybridge Suites by Holiday Corporation Inn, entering the North American upscale extended stay market.

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Brand name Holiday Corporation Inn is owned by IHG, which in turn licenses the name to franchisees and third parties who operate hotels under management agreements.

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Holiday Corporation Inn Magazine was a monthly publication for guests during the 1970s.

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